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Eastern Africa Rapid Response Grant

Enhancing Communication, Security and Wildlife/Habitat monitoring in the Mukogodo National Forest Reserve

Terrestrial Protected Area and Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA) Key Landscape for Conservation Key Biodiversity Area
Governance Management Effectiveness
Local Communities Indigenous people
Enforcement Illegal activities - Human-Wildlife conflict Wildlife Monitoring/patrol equipment
Kenya, Eastern Africa

Protected and conserved area(s) concerned

Mukogodo Forest Reserve.

The BIOPAMA AC Objectives addressed

Enhanced management and governance of the protected or conserved area.

Priority need addressed

Improved Security and wildlife/habitat monitoring in the Mukogodo National Forest Reserve in the face of the COVID pandemic through the installation of an effective and efficient landscape communications system.

Project activities

The Project has four components:

Contribute to the improved governance of the Mukogodo (Community) Forest Association through stronger engagement in landscape conservation activities with private sector conservancies and national conservation authorities.

Procure modern digital radio equipment for use by community rangers.

Develop and integrate the Mukogodo security and wildlife monitoring system with similar landscape activities practiced by landscape conservation partners through training and joint patrols.

Establish the protocols and procedures for regular data collection, coordination, reporting and analysis of security issues, wildlife monitoring, and human-wildlife conflict incidents with landscape partners.

The change the project implementation will bring for the protected area(s)

Implementation of this project will ensure that forest rangers are properly trained and supported with a security and monitoring system that supports their work.  They will be able to undertake more frequent field patrols, deter illegal activities and gather information on the state of biodiversity in Mukogodo Forest.  A new digital reporting and monitoring system will allow them to join landscape conservation efforts.

This activity contributes directly to continued security and integrity of the Forest, and it will allow ILMAMUSI Mukogodo Forest Association to join the landscape system of monitoring and reporting effectively.  With this important connection, the CFA will become a more effective landscape partner, contribute valuable information to forest security, management and planning.

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Implementing organisations

Laikipia Wildlife Forum

Ilmamuse Mukogodo Forest Association

Photo credits: © Michael Mugo

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